Welcome to the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed mental health services across the Northern Territory. The Coalition has a network of 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of 35 organisations. The Coalition is a member of both the Mental Health Australia (MHA) and Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is the peak body for community mental health and wellbeing. We represent NT community managed mental health organisations. We work in collaboration with a wide network of organisations, people with lived experience, their families and supporters across the Northern Territory. We work at both a national and local level to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all Territorians. Each year the Coalition supports events for Mental Health Week, including the launch, administering the online calendar, and organising the community Mental Health Awards.

To access the updated Strategic Plan click here.

Latest News

Media Release:

Winners Announced for the 2022 NT Mental Health Awards!

On Monday, Hon Lauren Moss MLA, Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention hosted a Mental Health Week launch and awards ceremony at Parliament House with Mr Joel Bowden, MLA for Johnston, presenting the awards on her behalf. Geoff Radford, CEO for the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition MC’d the event, which was attended by community members, staff and leaders from the community mental health sector, various dignitaries and community Elders. The ceremony was held in celebration and acknowledgement of the exceptional and inspiring contributions of individuals and teams in helping to improve the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Territorians.

Read the full media release here

Media Release:

Northern Territory Mental Health Week – less than a week to go! 

NT Mental Health Week kicks off October 8 – a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year, which incorporates World Mental Health Day, held globally on October 10, and the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition is encouraging residents and communities across the NT to get involved.

Read the full Media Release here

Northern Territory Mental Health Week is an annual awareness initiative that promotes individual and community mental health and wellbeing, boosts awareness of mental illness, and celebrates the contribution of the mental health and community sectors.

The new theme for NTMHW in 2022 is ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’, reflecting the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. It is all about connecting with the people in our lives and creating space for conversations about mental health and wellbeing.

Each year, people across the Northern Territory come together during NTMHW through local events, conversations, activities and Community Awards ceremony. In 2022, NTMHW will be held from Saturday 8 October to Sunday 16 October, encompassing World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October.

Learn more here

Click here to find out about Mental Health Week Mini Grants

Less than 2 weeks to go!

NT Mental Health Week – Award Nominations, Mini-Grants and More!

2022 NT Mental Health Awards and Launch Photos

The 2022 Mental Health Week launch and awards ceremony were hosted this year by Hon Lauren Moss MLA, Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Parliament House with Mr Joel Bowden, MLA for Johnston, presenting the awards on her behalf. Geoff Radford, CEO...

Report from the NT Mental Health Forums, June 2021

Report from the NT Mental Health Forums, JuneThe aim of this report is to provide a document that captures information from the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) June 2016 forums and acts as a guide for NTMHC. The intention is to support and...

My Recovery – Peer Led Education Program

My Recovery is a peer led education and support program for people living with mental health challenges or alcohol and other drug issues. The program is led by peers – people with their own lived experience of mental health challenges (or alcohol and other drug issues) and recovery. The peers have been trained to facilitate the My Recovery program and use their experience in a safe and meaningful way.

Anti-Discrimination Commission is open

The ADC are taking calls (8999 1444) or emails (antidiscrimination@nt.gov.au) if you want
to ask them about your rights or obligations under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1992. If
this is not possible, they have a limited reception.

They are still accepting and progressing formal complaints. Complaint forms can be
found at https://adc.nt.gov.au/; or give them a call if you need them to send one to you.
ADC are conducting conciliations over the phone and can use private online
conferencing if appropriate, safe and fair for everyone.

Their training is now up and running and they are able to deliver online. Give ADC a call
and talk to them about what you need.


 National Safety and Qualify Digital Mental Health Standards – update Consultations extended and new fact sheets available – click here to download fact sheets.

To allow organisations and individuals additional time to respond, the Commission is extending the end of the consultation process to 29 May 2020. Stakeholders can view the draft National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards on the Commission’s website and provide feedback via an online survey.

You can also contact: Ben Prest, Senior Project Officer DMHS@safetyandquality.gov.au


The Government announced a range of measures to support NDIS participants and providers – click here to view the list of measures.

The NDIA is regularly updating the NDIS website which has information on understanding and accessing measures the NDIA has in place.

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission is also issuing regular advice to registered NDIS providers. Provider alerts can be found here.

A new online Infection Control course, offered by the Department Health, protecting yourself and staff and the people you care for from infection with COVID-19. The online training.

The Department of Health has developed specific advice on Personal Protective Equipment when looking after people who are confirmed to have, or suspected of having, COVID-19. Click here.

Registered NDIS Providers are required to ensure ‘continuity of support requirements’ are in place for all participants who are in their care. They are also required to notify the NDIS Commission of any changes to the scale of their operations by either emailing registrations@ndiscommission.gov.au or calling 1800 035 544.

NT Human Services Industry Plan, January 2020

The Northern Territory’s 10 year Human Services Industry Plan is designed to unite efforts across the public, not-for-profit and private sectors, with themes, priorities and actions targeted to build “strong and inclusive organisations; supporting our people, our cultures and our communities through high-qualify human services”. Click here to download the report.

National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey

The National Mental Health Commission, recently launched National Peer Workforce Guidelines Survey.

Under the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, the Commission is leading the development of National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines by 2021 to sustain and grow the workforce.

In collaboration with RMIT University, the Commission has launched a national online survey to help inform the initial draft of the Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

For more information about the National Peer Workforce Development Guidelines.

Reimagine Stage 2 Co-Design Project

Do you, or someone you care for, have a mental health concern that impacts you day to day?

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

If so, you are invited to join an upcoming co-design session to create NEW resources to support you and your community to access the NDIS. Click here.


The NDIS Worker Orientation Module is now available. The NDIS Commission will begin accepting applications for provider registrations in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Australia's Capital Territory and the Northern Territory from 1 July 2019.To ensure a smooth...

National Indigenous Critical Response Service (NICRS) & StandBy – Support After Suicide Service

The National Indigenous Critical Response Service and StandBy – Support After Suicide Service are programs of Thirrili Ltd. Both programs work together to complement each other and provide support to individuals, families and communities impacted by suicide loss.

These services are contactable 24/7 on:

  • NICRS free call 1800 805 801 or mobile 0499 333 132.
  • StandBy mobile 0418 575 680.

For notifications and referrals for either service email suicidesupport.nt@thirrili.com.au

For further information download the flyer or visit the website.

SANE Australia – You are not alone.

A new resource developed by SANE Australia in partnership with the University of Sydney – it’s for people caring for a person who has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide. If you have any questions or require any further information about this resource, please don’t hesitate to contact SANE Australia at youarenotalone@sane.org

To access the resource click on the link below

Sane Australia – You are Not Alone – A Resource for people caring for a person who has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide

When someone close to you has suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide, it can be hard to respond to their needs while also looking after yourself. This site is for you. You are not alone was made with the help of people who have been carers and know how tough it is.

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Community Services Update

01 May 2020

Anglicare NT remains committed to continuing to provide services to individuals, families and communities across the Territory. We care about you, our community, our staff and volunteers. We are complying with government directives and taking extra health and safety precautions.

headspace is here for you.
Our services are operating a combination of in-person, online and phone services. If you need help please get in touch. https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/darwin/headspace-darwin-covid-19-info/

CatholicCare NT
COVID-19 Response Line:
Free Call 1800 899 855

We’re here for everyone.
Click here for more information about CatholicCare NT services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Congress COVID-19 Hotline
Phone: 8959 4782

Reducing COVID-19 social isolation by expanding Grow’s online mental health groups

HelpingMinds support services

Holyoake Alice Springs  Phone 8952 5899  
Free – General counselling and AOD counselling services
Online or phone service. Free.
Available during hours 8.30am-3.30pm

Mental Health Association Central Australia (MHACA).  Phone 89504600 
MHACA is providing an essential service to people who have severe and complex mental health issues and will continue to support our participants through this difficult time. to book an activity or for further information. MHACA is still accepting referrals and people can contact MHACA to organise an intake interview.

Mental Illness Fellowship Australia NT (MIFANT).
Free Call: 1800 985 944
MIFANT is providing much needed support to our Mental Health Carers, Consumers and our Young people.

Mission Australia  – We aim to prioritise our vital services
Mission Australia Stakeholder Brief

Relationships Australia –  Phone 8950 4100  
Counselling and mediation services
Telephone and video conferencing
Fee for service on sliding scale, EAP provider
Available during business hours 8am-4.30pm

Free phone counselling service for Territorians
Available during business hours 8am-5pm, after hours by appointment
Alice Springs 0459 160 742 (male counsellor) Darwin 0427 102 809 (female counsellor)

Free Call: 1800 TEAM 00 (1800 832 600)
TeamHEALTH is committed to continuing to support all of our participants, their families and our community, whilst adhering to the important infection control procedures around hygiene, social distancing and group gatherings.

TEMHCO has made several changes to the delivery of their programs. TEMHCO continues to provide confidential one on one basic counselling service as well as transport to appointments or other essential local travel during this time.

NT Disability Sector COVID-19

COVID-19 updates for the disability sector

In recent days there has been a further information and updates around COVID-19, and to ensure that you are kept abreast of all of the updates being provided we have included the following:

  • A  media release from the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory 23.03.2020 covering new measures being put in place
  • An update from Minister Stuart Robert regarding new COVID-19 measures for participants and providers
  • And a joint statement from the Treasurer and Prime Minister of Australia 22.03.2020 on supporting Australian workers and business.

Click here to read more.

Community Mental Health Australia

Advocacy and Representation

CMHA – Third National NDIS and Mental Health Conference

NDIS and Mental Health: A national conversation about what comes next
February 4 and 5, 2021

Click here for more information 

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Find an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructors in the Northern Territory and Nationwide.


Useful Links

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review 2017

In February 2017, the Northern Territory Primary Health Network engaged the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition, as the peak body for community managed mental health services in the Northern Territory, to undertake the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Service Review
Click here to view the report

Free Online Peer Support Forums

The sane forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers.

SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for promoting the forums into metropolitan, regional, and rural communities around Australia.

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